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Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 04:47 pm

People's Poetry

Down on the farm

There's corn and beans
and men in jeans
that ride up on big green machines
down dusty roads
where hoppy toads
get outta the way
of oversized loads of yellow hay.
There's cats and dogs
and morning fogs
and beat-up trucks
carrying smelly hogs
on in to town
where they'll be ground
and find a place
on the table while we're saying grace.
There's kids with poles
and fishin' line
going to the creek where it's mighty fine
to slip off your shoes
and take a snooze
under the shade
we got it made
down on the farm.

-- John Emerick

John Emerick is a graphic designer who works in Springfield and lives on a farm west of Pana with his wife Cynthia, two cats, and a dog.

People's Poetry accepts poems on any subject, but ones that deal with issues of local interest are encouraged. Send yours to Books and Poetry Editor Corrine Frisch c/o Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705, or to cfrisch@illinoistimes.com with "People's Poetry" in the subject line

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